Here's why you can call Kate Middleton 'Princess William' but not 'Princess Kate'
- Kate Middleton is technically Princess of the United Kingdom, although she doesn't use the title in a formal capacity.
- Middleton is best known as the Duchess of Cambridge, the title she inherited after marrying
Prince Williamin 2011.
- However, if she were to use the princess title, she wouldn't be allowed to go by "Princess Kate" or "Princess Catherine" because women who become royal by marriage must take their husband's name.
- Therefore, she would technically be "Princess William of Wales."
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Middleton doesn't use the title in a formal capacity. In fact, the only time the royal has been officially acknowledged as a princess is in the occupation title section of her children's birth certificates.
However, if she did use the title, she would have to take her husband's name instead of her own, making her "Princess William of Wales." Here's why.
Only 'blood princesses' get to keep their own names
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie — daughters of Prince Andrew — were born into royalty, so they were able to keep their names as part of their title. This privilege didn't change when Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in 2018.
The same rule applies to all "blood princesses," including Middleton's daughter Princess Charlotte.
However, women who marry into the family inherit their husband's title – and this includes even Princess Diana.
"Diana was never Princess Diana," Marlene Koenig, a royal expert for History Extra, told Insider. "The British
"The press called her Princess Diana as the press still uses Prince Charles even though Charles not been styled as Prince Charles since his mother became queen," she added, referencing Charles' title of Charles, Prince of Wales.
One of the most well known royal women to style their name like this in the present day is Princess Michael of Kent, wife to the Queen's first cousin Prince Michael.
Middleton will only get to use her first name when she becomes Queen consort
When Prince William became the Duke of Cambridge upon his marriage to Middleton in 2011, she also inherited this title and became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
"If the Queen had not created William a duke, Catherine would be styled as HRH Princess William of Wales," Koenig explained.
Similar to the princess title, Middleton isn't able to shorten her title to Duchess Catherine as it isn't technically correct.
The only time she will be able to use her first name after a title is when she becomes Queen consort. When Prince William accedes to the throne, she will be known as Queen Catherine, according to Koenig.
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